Hermaphrodite with eagle
Zürich, Zentralbibliothek, Ms. Rh. 172 “Aurora consurgens”
The Aurora consurgens is an illuminated manuscript of the 15th century in the Zürich Zentralbibliothek. It contains a medieval alchemical treatise, in the past sometimes attributed to Thomas Aquinas, now to a writer called the “Pseudo-Aquinas”.
Carl Jung says the hermaphrodite “became the symbol of perfected wholeness in alchemical philosophy.” To Jung the hermaphrodite represents the union of opposites. Jung says that the hermaphrodite “has become a symbol of the creative union of opposites, a ‘uniting symbol’ in the literal sense.”